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 Blenheim I  L1540


Incidents/Accidents

DateAircraftUnitPilot NameLocation
31 Dec 40 Blenheim I L1540 211 Sqdn Greece
RemarksHenk Welting's Database

National Archives AIR81

Citation Aircraft AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/4772Blenheim I L1540Sergeant S L Bennett, Sergeant W H Tunstall, Sergeant L R France: killed; aerial combat, aircraft shot down and crashed near Valona, Albania, Blenheim L1540, 211 Squadron, 31 December 1940. With photographs.C16688870

Casualties in the CWGC Register for Blenheim I L1540

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantSidney Lewis BENNETT (742975) Blenheim I L1540  AIR81/4772 1940-12-31211 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantLeslie Ronald FRANCE (580854) Blenheim I L1540  AIR81/4772 1940-12-31211 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantWilliam Henry TUNSTALL (749318) Blenheim I L1540  AIR81/4772 1940-12-31211 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial

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401231 - Unaccounted airmen - 31-12-1940Hello, 401231 - Unaccounted Airmen - 31 - 12 - 1940 From Henk's List - CANADA McMILLAN, George - AC2c - R/63668 - RCAF. Wharton (Bayview) Cemetery, Ontario, Canada. This airman collapsed within minutes of jumping over a fence surrounding the Station. He died of Coronary Thrombosis at Brantford General Hospital. UK DAVIES, Leslie Robert - AC1c - 908291 - RAFVR. King's Lynn Cemetery, Norfolk. Shot and killed by a fellow Airman while engaged in horseplay in their Billit. REYNOLDS, Gordon Murray - AIR Mechanic (E)2c - FX.76610 -RN - RNAS Yeovilton. Plymouth (Weston Mill) Cemetery, Devon. Cause of death ? From CWGC - EGYPT BENNETT, Sidney Lewis - Sgt - 742975 - RAFVR. FRANCE, Leslie Ronald - Sgt - 580854 - RAF. TUNSTALL, William Henry - Sgt - 749318 - RAFVR. These three airmen are commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. They were crew of Blenheim I - L1540 - 211 Sqdn. NETHERLANDS BROWN, John Edward - Sgt - 937342 - RAFVR. COATES, Jack - Sgt - 644895 - RAF. YOUNG, Leslie Alfred - Sgt - 742982 - RAFVR. These three airmen rest at Bergen-Op-Zoom Cemetery, Netherlands. They were crew of Blenheim IV - R3897 - 114 Sqdn. SOUTH AFRICA ALCOCK, Jack Oswald - Pupil Pilot - 103345 - SAAF. Johannesburg (Brixton) Cemetery, Gauteng, South Africa. Tiger Moth II - 1455 (ZS-ANY) - c/n 3633 - 2 AS. KEELEY, James John - Pupil Pilot - 103334 - SAAF. Mosita Farm Burial Ground, North West, South Africa. Tiger Moth II - 1462 (ZS-ANZ) - 2 AS. UK BUSHELL, Gordon Downs - Sgt - 745584 - RAFVR - MiD. Bletchley Cemetery, Buckinghamshire. Wellington Ic - P9267 - 213 Sqdn.(Hurricane I - P3267?). AIR81/4766 - C16688864 gives - Bushell, G,D, Sgt - Hurricane P9267 213 Sqdn 31 December 1940. AIR81/1969 - C16471235 gives - Hewitt,J,P,M,P/O - Wellington Ic P9267 149 Sqdn 4 April 1940. P9267 was a Wellington Ic. P3267 was a Hurricane I. There does not seem to be an AIR81 document for P3267 as far as I can find. So can only assume that AIR/4766 has incorrect details in regards to the aircraft serial number. DOCKERTY, James (Canadian) - Sgt - 910187 - RAFVR. Market Drayton Cemetery, Shropshire. Miles Master - T8442 - 5 SFTS. FENSOME, John Stanley - Sgt - 747822 - RAFVR. Biscot (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Bedfordshire. Wellington Ia - N2980 - 20 OTU. LEE, Maurice Alexander William - Sgt - 742796 - RAFVR. St.Mary Cray Cemetery, Kent. Spitfire IIa - P7664 - 421 Flight. WEBBER, Bernard Clare - Sgt - 754818 - RAFVR. Dirleton Cemetery, East Lothian. Spitfire IIa - P7750 - 603 Sqdn. ARMSTRONG, Alan - LNA (Pilot U/T) - FX.81988 - HMS Daedalus - RN. Tynemouth (Preston) Cemetery, Northumberland. STOCKTON, Donald Arthur - Sgt - 740333 - RAFVR. Birmingham Municipal Crematorium, Warwickshire. These two airmen were crew of Tiger Moth II - K4272 - 14 EFTS. BEAMAN, Robert Carleton - Sqdn/Ldr - 39367 - RAF. ROBSON, Henry - Sgt - 509364 - RAF. TRIGWELL, Douglas - Sgt - ....Read More.Alex Smart on 4th November 2022 07:41:52
Blenheim Delivery Flights to Egypt late 1940Hello Don, The following list of Blenheim's that were lost in the Middle East area during August to December 1940. It may give a lead to the serial number blocks that were available around the time you are searching . Of course there may have been more :) All the very best. Alex BLENHEIM Middle East Losses August to December 1940. AUGUST 1940 1st - L8406 - 8 Sqn - Eritrea. 4th - L8532 - 211 Sqn - Egypt. 5th - L8375 - 8 Sqn - Egypt. 6th - L4911 - 11 Sqn - Aden. 10th - L8503 - 8 Sqn - Aden/Sea. 10th - L8506 - 8 Sqn - Aden/Sea. 12th - L8387 - 39 Sqn - Aden. 12th - L8402 - 39 Sqn -Somalia. 17th - L8434 - 39 Sqn - Middle East/Sea. 18th - L1479 - 8 Sqn - British Somaliland. 20th - L8474- 39 Sqn - Middle East. 26th - T2058 - 114 Sqn - Italy/Sea. 26th - L9218 - 203 Sqn - Eritrea. 27th - T2062 - Tunisia/Sea. 31st - L8397 - 55 Sqn - Egypt. SEPTEMBER 1940 4th - L8376 - 211 Sqn - Libya. 6th - L8543 - 39 Sqn - Aden. 6th - L8453 - 84 Sqn - Iraq. 6th - T2075 - 203 Sqn - Aden. 13th - N3589 - 40 Sqn - Pantelleria/Mediterranean. 16th - T2052 - 113 Sqn - Egypt. 17th - L6660 - 211 Sqn - Egypt. 18th - T2048 - 113 Sqn - Libya. 21st - T2061 - 14 Sqn - Eritrea. 25th - L8523 - 211 Sqn - Middle East. 26/27th - T2176 - 57 Sqn - Lampedusa/Mediterranean. 27th - L8394 - 55 Sqn - Egypt. 30th - L6665 - 45 Sqn - Eritrea. 30th - T2171 - 113 Sqn - Mediterranean. OCTOBER 1940 2nd - L8452 - 45 Sqn - Eritrea. 4th - L4903 - 8 Sqn - Aden. 5th - K7106 - 30 Sqn - Palestine. 11th - T2074 - ME - Middle East. 11th - T2172 - 14 Sqn - Sudan. 12th - L8530 - 55 Sqn - Egypt. 13th - L8463 - 45 Sqn - Eritrea. 13th - L8502 - 45 Sqn - Eritrea. 18th - L1538 - 55 Sqn - Egypt. 20th - T2112 - 203 Sqn - Persia. 26th - T2057 - 14 Sqn - Sudan. 27th - T2068 - 113 Sqn - Egypt. NOVEMBER 1940 9th - FFAF - N3623 - Africa. 14th - L1378 - 84 Sqn - Middle East. 14th - L1389 - 84 Sqn - Middle East. 15th - L1120 - 30 Sqn - Albania. 19th - L8475 - 45 Sqn - Sudan. 19th - L9458 - 203 Sqn - Aden/Sea. 21st - L1166 - 30 Sqn - Greece. 24th - L8511 - 211 Sqn - Greece. 26th - R3593 - 14 Sqn - Yemen. 26th - T2067 - 113 Sqn - Middle East. 28th - L1385 - 84 Sqn - Albania. 29th - T2080 - OADU/107 Sqn - Tunisia. 30th - T2114 - OADF - Spain. DECEMBER 1940 1st - K7103 - 30 Sqn - Greece. 2nd - T2187 - 101 Sqn - Mediterranean. 4th - R2770 - 14 Sqn - Middle East. 6th - K7100 - 30 Sqn - Greece/Corfu. 7th - L1381 - 84 Sqn - Albania. 7th - L8455 - 84 Sqn - Albania. 7th - L8457 - 84 Sqn - Albania. 7th - L1535 - 211 Sqn - Greece. 7th - L4926 - 211 Sqn - Greece. 9th - T2073 - 113 Sqn - Egypt. 12th - R2790 - RAF Takoradi - Ghana. 12th - L8465 - 45 Sqn - Egypt. 14th - L8395 - 11 Sqn - Egypt. 14th - T2167 - 14 Sqn - Middle East. 14th - L8790 - 55 Sqn - Middle East/Sea. 14th - T1872 - 55 Sqn - Egypt. 14th - L8514 - 211 Sqn - Greece. 15th - L1484 - 211 Sqn - Greece. 18th - L8462 - 30 Sqn - Albania. 22nd - L4814 - 84 Sqn - Greece. 22nd - L8374 - 84 Sqn - Albania. 22nd ....Read More.Alex Smart on 4th November 2022 10:08:10
Aircraft Losses Database CorrectionsIn the local AIR 81 db there is an aircraft id duplication, thus also reflected in the Aircraft Serials/Aircraft Losses db. Blenheim I L1540 of 211 Squadron RAF was lost/destroyed on return leg of a Valona (Albania) raid on 31 Dec 1940 with no survivors. Although they had been with the Squadron for less than a month, Sgts Bennett, Tunstall and France are well remembered by 211 Squadron "family" today. It took a good many years to find their resting place: missing so long that they remain commemorated on the Alamein Memorial. Their loss is correctly recorded from the AIR 81/4772 file summary (and for that matter from that AIR 81 file content, which I have, and also from the Squadron Operations Record Book of the day). All correctly reflected here in the AIR 81 search db. Thus also in part correctly reflected here in the L1540 [URL="https://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=L1540"]Aircraft Serials/Aircraft Losses [/URL]db. However, that page also includes an additional spurious entry: AIR 81/4801 (Liebold), listed as relating to "Blenheim L1540" (in Jan 41 at RAF Honington!). Not only physically impossible, but in fact a spurious addition to the actual National Archives UK summary note, that makes no mention of any RAF aircraft. See [url]https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16688899[/url] (noting as an aside that the Discovery AIR 81 summaries are known to be occasionally in error - but apparently not in this case). AIR 81 db correction needed please: delete the L1540 ref for AIR 81/4801 [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/air81/index.php?qname=&qcntry=&cur=4800&qunit=&qnum=&qmem=&qdate="]at Page 97[/URL] (which will presumably fix the Aircraft Losses entry...) ....Read More.Don Clark on 4th September 2023 10:42:07


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